The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington provides practical tools to help entrepreneurs of South Central Indiana start and grow businesses.
Founded in 2010 to honor one of the regions’ most successful entrepreneurs, Bill Cook, the Cook Center embodies Mr. Cook’s philosophy of ‘ready, fire, aim’ entrepreneurship by giving students and entrepreneurs the skills and resources they need to start, grow and expand businesses within our region.
The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship serves the following counties:
Monroe, Morgan, Lawrence, Martin, Greene, Brown, Orange, and Owen.
Interested in starting, growing or expanding a business? Whether a budding start-up or a seasoned owner, we are here to help! The Cook Center offers free business assistance to anyone in our South Central Indiana region. Our advisors are ready to walk beside you on your business journey and provide free consultation services. Looking for advice on expansion? Need resources on funding partners? Looking to engage with peers in your industry? We have a variety of partners and Programs to ensure you don't feel alone on your entrepreneurship journey. If you are interested in making an appointment, please complete our business assistance form here.
The Cook Center is involved in a number of community engagement activities that promote entrepreneurship in our region including the Cook Institute Luncheon as well as the Duke It Out Pitch Competition.
Cook Institute Luncheon
Every year, we host the Cook Luncheon an event that brings in nationally successful entrepreneurs to talk about best practices in business growth and building entrepreneurial communities.
Duke It Out Pitch Competition is an annual event for Ivy Tech students that will help you take the first steps toward starting your own business. Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to participate (it is NOT required that students have taken business or entrepreneurship courses) and any type of business idea can be pitched.
The Entrepreneurship Program at Ivy Tech offers students practical lessons in business start-up and management through our partnership with the Regional Innovation and Startup Education (RISE). With RISE, students will build ecosystems, create a business model canvas, work with a mentor, and learn from and network with guest speakers and entrepreneurs. Students will also have the opportunity to pitch to investors for funding for their business. To date, the entrepreneurship program has assisted in the launching of many business ventures across Indiana.
Through the Entrepreneurship program, students will gain insight into starting a new business or making their current business more successful. Additionally, the Entrepreneurship program partners with many locally owned independent businesses and nonprofit agencies that are dedicated to helping small business through education and mentoring.